Radiography in Paris

What is a chest X-ray?

A chest radiography is used to diagnose numerous pathologies affecting or impacting the thorax and its contents. Chest X-rays are taken to assess the lungs, heart and chest wall.

Why have a chest X-ray?

A chest X-ray is particularly useful for detecting a wide range of pathologies. RT can also be used in specific health contexts (pre- or post-operative, legal, etc.). It is therefore ideal for :

  • referral symptoms (chronic cough, etc.);
  • respiratory damage to the bronchi. These include asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tuberculosis, pneumonia, diffuse interstitial lung disease and pleurisy... ;
  • visit cardiovascular pathologies (pulmonary embolism, heart disease, pericarditis, chest pain, etc.) ; -
  • clinical situations managed in emergency departments, excluding trauma (non-traumatic abdominal pathologies, etc.);
  • pre- and post-operative examinations (in the intensive care unit);
  • visit tumor pathologieswhich may be malignant or benign, primary or secondary (metastases);

When should I have a chest X-ray?

These chest pain can have a wide variety of origins. Briefly, pain can be caused by :

  • Cardiovascular (myocardial infarction, stable angina, pulmonary embolism, aortic dissection, pericarditis);
  • Pleuropulmonary (pleural effusion, pneumothorax, infectious pneumopathies, tumor pathologies, etc.);
  • Digestive (dysphagia, esophageal spasm, gastro-esophageal reflux, etc.);
  • Non-visceral (musculoskeletal, nervous, dystonic...).

These pains should raise the alarm and prompt medical attention.

What is a wrist X-ray?

A wrist X-Ray is essentially to search for bone damage in this region. It is an essential element in the search for the causes of hand pain.

Why do I need a wrist X-ray?

This X-ray analyzes the wrist and hands. It detects :

  • From osteoarthritisparticularly at the base of the thumb (rhizarthrosis)
  • From hydroxyapatite calcifications (particularly at the base of the ulnar carpal flexor)
  • A fracture in case of trauma (fracture of scaphoid, radius, finger, phalanx, ulnar styloid)
  • Osteonecrosis of the lunate (Kienbock's disease)
  • disturbances in carpal bone kinetics, leading to suspicion of intrinsic ligament damage (scapholunate, lunotriquetral) with carpal instability
  • hunchbacked carp 

In addition, an ultrasound scan of the wrist can be performed to look for a tendinitis. These may include extensor or flexor tendonitis, part of a rheumatic syndrome, joint effusion, synovitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

When should I have a wrist X-ray?

These wrist radiographs are indicated in a variety of contexts, including

  • Wrist trauma;
  • Suspected fracture;
  • Obvious deformation;
  • Bone sensitivity ;
  • Non-traumatic deformity;
  • Non-traumatic wrist pain;

X-ray Appointment

Make an appointment for an X-ray at one of our centers:

Radiology Montmartre 75002

Clinique Drouot 75009

Blomet radiology 75015

Radiology Belleville 75020


What is an ankle x-ray?

X-rays of the ankle are frequently performed in emergency departments, usually following trauma. The radiographic series comprises three views: anteroposterior, mortise and lateral. They can be taken to assess degenerative or inflammatory arthritis, or to look for the sequelae of a local infection.

Why do I need an ankle x-ray?

This X-ray analyzes the ankle and forefoot, and can detect :

  • from osteoarthritismost often secondary to a metabolic disorder or a history of joint fracture;
  •  from cartilage calcifications which suggest chondrocalcinosis or, more rarely, hemochromatosis;
  • a arthropathy under talienne ;
  •  a osteonecrosis of the navicular bone ;
  • bone pull-out in the event of a sprain or at the Chopart and Lisfranc joints;
  •  fracture in the case of trauma, with joint effusion;
  •  from disorders of forefoot statics (hallus valgus in particular) or hindfoot (valgus flat foot, hollow foot, flat foot) .

This examination may be supplemented by an ultrasound scan to look for intra-articular effusion, aponeuropathy, ligament damage to the anterior talofibular or dorsal talonavicular ligament, or damage to the Chopart or Lisfranc.

When should I have an ankle x-ray?

These ankle x-rays are performed for a variety of indications, including

  • ankle trauma
  • bone sensitivity at the posterior edge or tip of the lateral malleolus
  • bone sensitivity at the posterior edge or tip of the medial malleolus
  • inability to bear weight
  • non-traumatic ankle pain